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2020 Lincoln Corsair vs. 2020 Volvo XC40: Which Is Better?

The 2020 Lincoln Corsair and 2020 Volvo XC40 are five-passenger luxury compact SUVs. Let’s see how these two family-friendly vehicles compare to each other.

Quick Facts

  • The Lincoln Corsair is all-new for 2020
  • The Volvo XC40 focuses on safety and technology

2020 Lincoln Corsair

2020 Lincoln Corsair

Base Price: $35,945 / Read our 2020 Lincoln Corsair Review

What we like: All-new model for 2020. Very attractive styling wrapped around a spacious and quiet interior. The second row of seats slides forward/rearward to increase space and utility.

What we would change: The desirable premium trims drive pricing above $55,000.

Overview: Lincoln replaced its MKC crossover with the all-new Corsair (it shares platforms with the Ford Escape). Engineered to be an improvement over the outgoing MKC, the new Corsair exhibits Lincoln’s “Quiet Flight” approach to exterior design. This styling includes a signature grille, unique contouring on the side panels, and full-width rear tail lights. The vehicle is offered with combustion engines in 2020, but the promised 2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrid (PHEV) will arrive with an all-wheel-drive system for the next model year. We anticipate 25 miles of pure-EV range.

What’s new for 2020: The Lincoln Corsair is all-new for 2020.

Features and technology: The passenger cabin of the Corsair features standard 10-way power-operated seats for front occupants. Choose the available Perfect Position front seats and they are upgraded to 24-way adjustment with massage function. Synthetic leather upholstery is standard (Bridge of Weir Deepsoft leather-trimmed seats are optional), as is dual-zone climate control and a 360-degree camera.

Standard audio technology includes a Lincoln Premium Audio System with 10-speakers and an 8-inch LCD touchscreen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are both standard fitment. Lincoln offers several different ways for owners to connect and interact with their vehicle via mobile apps. These include Lincoln Connect and Lincoln Way. Lincoln’s MyKey technology helps parents restrict settings to promote safer teen driving.

What does the future hold: Lincoln will most likely make the 2021 Corsair a carryover model with only minimal changes. However, the company has indicated that it will introduce a third powertrain — a plug-in hybrid variant — that will debut for next year. Details are scarce, but we expect it to offer 25 miles of pure-EV driving before the combustion engine fires up. See the 2020 Lincoln Corsair models for sale near you

2020 Volvo XC40

2020 Volvo XC40

Base Price: $33,700 / Read our 2020 Volvo XC40 Review

What we like: Comprehensive safety features, expressive and distinctive styling, unique ownership choices.

What we would change: Infotainment screen is too complex. Not as roomy as others in the segment.

Overview: Now in its third year of production, the Volvo XC40 delivers on the automaker’s trademark promises — safety and technology — but it also expresses personality and character. Unlike the XC60 and XC90, which are Volvo’s conservatively styled big siblings, the stylish XC40 is modern and chic (especially with the white roof) to capture a younger audience. On that note, the Swedish automaker also offers a subscription ownership program, which is rare in the industry. Volvo has announced the XC40 Recharge, an all-electric variant, will arrive in late 2020 as a 2021 model.

What’s new for 2020: Volvo only made a few changes for the new model year. These include adding a frameless rearview mirror, power rear child door locks, and heated windshield wipers to the standard equipment list. Leather is no longer standard on the base Momentum model.

Features and technology: The passenger cabin of the 2020 Volvo XC40 is equipped with 8-way power-adjustable seats for both front occupants. The seats are upholstered in cloth and synthetic leather (natural leather is on the options list). Single-zone climate control and a 12-inch driver display are standard. Standard safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking with forward-collision warning and active lane control.

The 2020 Volvo XC40 is fitted with a standard 8-speaker (330W) audio system. On the options list is a more powerful, 13-speaker (600W), Harmon Kardon premium sound system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard equipment. In terms of connectivity, Volvo On Call is an app that links the XC40 with a mobile device. It may be used to pre-heat (or pre-cool) the vehicle, send a destination to the navigation system, check fluid levels, lock and unlock, and more.

What does the future hold: Volvo has announced the XC40 Recharge, an all-electric variant, will arrive in late 2020 as a 2021 model. See the 2020 Volvo XC40 models on sale near you. See the 2020 Volvo XC40 models for sale near you

Corsair vs. XC40: Strengths comparison

Lincoln Corsair Benefits: More powerful base engine, engine choices, generous cargo space

Volvo XC40 Benefits: Stylish design, advanced safety technology, stronger fuel economy, subscription ownership

Corsair vs. XC40: Which is better?

The Lincoln Corsair is an excellent five-passenger luxury compact SUV that is arguably the best domestic offering in today’s crowded marketplace. It is spacious and technically advanced. However, the imported Volvo XC40 is ultimately our top choice because it delivers better styling, a more comprehensive suite of safety features and better driving dynamics than the Corsair. This match goes to the Volvo, despite its slightly smaller packaging, because it is a more cohesive package. Find a Lincoln Corsair for sale or Find a Volvo XC40 for sale

2020 Lincoln Corsair 2020 Volvo XC40
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
Horsepower 250 hp 187 hp
Torque 280 lb-ft 221 lb-ft
Transmission 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Fuel Economy 24 (21 city, 29 highway) 25 (22 city/ 30 highway)
Also Available 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 n/a
Warranty 4-year / 50,000 miles 4-year / 50,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5-stars 5-stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Curb Weight 3,842 pounds 3,729 pounds
Wheelbase 106.7 inches 106.4 inches
Overall Length 180.6 inches 174.0 inches
Width 76.2 inches 73.3 inches
Height 64.1 inches 65.3 inches
Turning Diameter n/a n/a
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 39.0 inches
Legroom, Front 43.2 inches 40.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.1 inches 57.0 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 102.5 cu. Ft. n/a
EPA Cargo Volume 27.6 cu. Ft. 20.7 cu. Ft.

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